SubRoc-3D (arcade)  1982


Emulation: mame (not full emulation)


First stereoscopic 3D game


Arcade system: Sega VCO Object


Gameplay video


Earliest Magazine review - Videogaming Illustrated (1983)

subroc 3d
Magazine review - Blip (1983)

Magazine review -Creative Computing Video & Arcade Games (1983)

1) Game is using a special eyepiece - viewer with spinning discs to alternate left and right images to the player's eye from a single monitor.

2) The 3D filters in the original arcade cabinet are rapidly spinning discs that are housed inside the periscope and create a "shutter" style of 3D. Jointly developed by Sega and Matsushita, this stereoscopic 3D system was considered revolutionary at the time, as it was a major improvement over the red-blue anaglyph 3D glasses used for movies at the time, and was a precursor to the LCD shutter glasses used for most 3D movies and games today. However, the motors used to spin these half-clear, half-black discs are said to be somewhat cheap, which often led to malfunctioning units.

3) First attempt for stereoscopic 3D game is Space Tactics (1981).

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